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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
8 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Orlando resident in the hospitality industry, fan of horse (harness) racing, playing volleyball, softball, basketball, and of course bridge.   Enjoy discussions about bridge rules and rulings.  And I'm a sarcastic pain in the ass.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning my wife's first gold points in an open event at her first regional. I had been teaching her and told her she couldn't play knockouts and that she had to "earn" her gold in open events. I also fondly remember playing with her when she became a life master.
Bridge Accomplishments
I haven't throttled any of my partners.
Regular Bridge Partners
Lance Marrou, Elliot Raphaelson, Paul Dennis, John Moschella, and Karen Raphaelson (when she was still able to play)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
I wouldn't want to be in any club that would have me as a member.
Favorite Tournaments
Orlando Regional, since that's about the only one I go to, and I like regionals better than nationals, as you get to play the top players more often.
Favorite Conventions
Game Forcing Stayman (transfer/schmansfer), splinters, penalty doubles of 1NT.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Mark and Tansu
2 over 1 with semi-forcing NT
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Sub-standard American
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Mark and Karen Raphaelson
Standard American
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More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
I find it kind of funny the objections to this proposal. First of all, I don't think there is a big epidemic of psyching. I only recall running into a few in all my years of games, and most were by one person, (in)famous for doing so, because ...
More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
I disagree with your 1st argument. You don't need to know about suitable hands that no psych was made. Of course they change the frequency, but just knowing the psych hands and tendencies would certainly be enough to tell you if his or her partner has a greater expectation ...
What happens after a psych
Self-reporting is akin to not recording them. If someone reports a psych that turns out to be a misbid, what's the problem? It won't show up as a pattern at any point.
How the average 'grass-roots' club players feel about psychs
I recall this topic a year or so ago and Kit (I'm pretty sure. and apologies if it's not you, or for the paraphrasing) brought up the point that this was not a psych, as there could be many reasons to want to know whether partner was weak ...
What happens after a psych
Look, I would have no problem with psychs if they were all recorded so we could see who is fielding them. Nobody can convince me that the partner of a frequent psycher doesn't have that in their mind, even subconsiously. And we'll never know, because people like to ...
What happens after a psych
It seems like they are adjudicated improperly, based on the laws. How is it possible that if a partner psychs in a particular situation a few times, his partner is not more likely to expect it than a random opponent?
weak two . define good suit or bad suit
So if you have all your points in the heart suit, you could still say strong/strong? I like the idea below about strong hand being related to loser count.
weak two . define good suit or bad suit
I like to use 2 of the top 3 honors, or 3 of the top 5 honors. Where it gets sticky for me is considering what's a good hand. If you have AKJxxx of trump and an outside card, you may be a maximum hand, but it would be ...
What happens after a psych
“A player may deviate from his side’s announced understandings, PROVIDED THAT HIS PARTNER HAS NO MORE REASON THAN THE OPPONENTS TO BE AWARE OF THE DEVIATION” And just how, in a regular partnership, is this possible? I know my most regular partner has never psyched. If I have a ...
But is bridge Fun?
I think if you have the right attitude, it's a lot of fun. I know there is serious bridge, but quite a bit of laughter at my tables.

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